Following is the 8 May 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. First integrated smart cities control centre.
Madhya Pradesh has launched country’s first Integrated Control & Command Centre for all the 7 smart cities of the state in Bhopal.
The centre would enable authorities to monitor the status of various smart civic amenities in real-time through the sensors connected to it.
Smart City Mission, is an urban renewal program by the govt that aims to develop 100 smart cities across the country.
2. Government to come out with Producers’ Price Index.
The government will come out with a Producers’ Price Index next month for 10 services, including telecom & railways on an experimental basis.
The move will help track inflation in these services, which will also include ports, insurance, banking, transportation & air travel.
2 major indices are used currently for tracking price movement – Wholesale Price Index & Consumer Price Index.
3. First Apex conference for CEOs of Smart Cities held in Bhopal.
The First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
It was organised by Union Urban Affairs Ministry and inaugurated by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs.
4. Panel for time-bound release of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds.
The parliamentary panel on Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds has recommended.
Amounts donated by lawmakers for rehabilitation work after natural disasters should be disbursed within two weeks.
The panel was headed by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai.
A Member of Parliament gets Rs. 5 crore a year to spend on local area development.
5. India, Guatemala agree to support each other for non-permanent membership of UNSC.
India and Guatemala have agreed to support each other’s candidature for Non-Permanent Membership in the United Nations Security Council.
Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021-22 while India will do so for Guatemala for 2031-32.
6. UN Chief announced climate summit for 2019.
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has announced that a climate summit to review the Paris Agreement commitments will take place in September 2019 in New York.
In March 2018, Guterres appointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action who was tasked to support UN in its climate strategy.
In 2017, US withdrew itself from the Paris Agreement.
7. New sheep insemination technique developed.
Scientists at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute (CSWRI), have come up with a new laparoscope-assisted insemination technique for sheep.
The minor invasive laparoscopic technique involves passing a rigid fiber-optic laparoscope into the abdomen through a small incision.
Scientists said the new technique would help achieve up to 60% survival in the birth of lambs.
8. Russia confirms Dmitry Medvedev as its PM.
The Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) has given its mandate to Dmitry Medvedev for a new term as the Prime Minister.
Medvedev’s candidature for the Prime Minister’s seat was proposed by President Vladimir Putin after the inauguration of his fourth term as Russia’s President.
Under Russia’s Constitution, the government is obliged to resign when a new presidential term begins.
9. Alvarado sworn in as Costa Rican President.
Journalist Carlos Alvarado has been sworn in as Costa Rica’s President, accepting the sash of office from his predecessor and ally, Luis Guillermo Solis.
At 39, Alvarado is the country’s youngest president in modern history.
Although Costa Rica is one of the region’s most stable economies, the Central American nation is struggling to get its deficit under control amidst a Fitch downgrade.
10. Trump pulls U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.
United States President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Iran nuclear deal.
The deal was agreed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, UK, France, China, and Russia) and Germany.
US terminated the JCPOA citing that the deal failed to protect America’s national security interest.
11. Nisha Bhalla conferred with ‘WEF 2018’ award.
Holistic coach and consultant, Nisha Bhalla was felicitated at the recently concluded Annual WEF 2018 Awards.
Nisha was presented the ‘Excellent Woman of Excellence’ award for her spiritual service.
Women Economic Forum is the largest global gathering of women entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide that recognises the most successful women across all fields.
12. Modi among the top 10 most powerful people.
PM Modi has been ranked 9th among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes.
The list is topped for the first time ever by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most influential person on the planet.
Forbes said that Modi has emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change.
13. Nasa, Uber team up to get flying taxis.
NASA and Uber have signed an agreement to explore putting flying taxis in the skies over US cities.
NASA will begin simulations for so-called “urban air mobility” vehicles that also include delivery drones.
NASA said the goal is to create a rideshare network that will allow residents to hail a small aircraft the same way Uber users can now use an app to call a car.
14. Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) to launch crude oil options.
India’s Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) will launch the country’s first crude oil options contract on May 15.
India is the world’s third-biggest consumer of crude oil. Crude oil futures contracts were most traded on the exchange platform in 2017/18 fiscal year ended on March 31.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved the options contract.
15. Eminent Odia lyricist passes away.
Eminent Odia lyricist Gurukrushna Goswami passed away in Odisha.
Goswami was associated with the Odia music industry for over six decades.
He was a scriptwriter, a lyricist and a music director.
Goswami had received the Best Lyricist award in 1996, Bhakta Kabi Salabeg award and Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (OSNA) Award in the year 2000.
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